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New Lab Will Help Scientists Study the Earth’s Oldest Fossil’s, Rocks and Minerals

Tucked away in the basement of Ferritor Hall is a new, 336-square-foot lab that will help scientists better understand ore deposits in the earth’s crust, how fossils form and what they can tell us about the earth’s climate, and accurately date some of the planet’s oldest rocks, among other uses. It’s called TRAIL, or trace element and radiogenic isotope laboratory. TRAIL is made up of three main pieces of equipment: two mass spectrometers that the university already owned, and a new laser ablation system that can burn holes as small as seven microns — about one-tenth the diameter of a...

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AAAS Honors Two U of A Scientists as Fellows

University of Arkansas faculty members Ingrid Fritsch and David Stahle have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor is bestowed by peers in recognition of work deemed scientifically or socially significant. INGRID FRITSCH Fritsch, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Fulbright College, was nominated for contributions in the field of magnetohydrodynamically-coupled electrochemistry and the development of microband electrodes. In 2014, Fritsch was named a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors. She has also received a National Science Foundation Career Award, holds U.S. patents on 10 inventions and has co-founded two...

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What Trees Can Tell Us About the Amazon

Weather in the Amazon has been a little crazy lately. Two of the most severe droughts in a century of weather record keeping in the area happened in 2005 and 2010, while western Amazonia had record flooding in 2012. Maybe wild weather swings are a frequent occurrence in the most biodiverse place on earth, maybe not. Right now there’s no way to tell, because the climate records only go back about 100 years. David Stahle, a distinguished professor in the U of A’s Department of Geosciences, wants to change that by studying trees there. Stahle and co-researcher Song Feng,...

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A grant made by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health through the Faculty Early Career Development Program, better known as a CAREER award, is one of the highest honors given to junior faculty members in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Recipients are selected based on high-quality research and the integration of that research with university education initiatives. 2015 Kartik Balachandran Biomedical Engineering College of Engineering  Jing Yang Electrical Engineering College of Engineering  2014 Burt Bluhm Plant Pathology Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture  2013 Gregory...

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Awards, FY14

Yuchun Du — $141,840 Biological Sciences Pilot Studies in Pancreatic Cancer The objective of this project is to use a genetically defined isogenic cell model and a novel quantitative proteomic method to identify the proteins that may confer radioresistance in pancreatic cancer cells, and then use molecular/cell biology methods to validate the functions of the identified proteins. The results from the proposed work are expected to contribute to designing new strategies to improve the cure rate of pancreatic cancer.  Courtney Dutton — $32,104 Psychological Science – doctoral student Test of social conflict on PTSD and alcohol cravings This study is designed to understand the effects of...

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